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Phenology with local naturalist Larry Weber every Friday morning at 8:20 on Northland Morning.

Backyard Almanac: The sound of drumming

A hairy woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus)
Flatland Through The Lens [Flickr]

The temperatures have been swinging broadly this month from far below zero to the freezing point. On February 8th the 35-degree temperature was the warmest naturalist Larry Weber had seen in six weeks. However, tonight's expected overnight lows will be about 50 degrees colder than that. Our snowfall for the season, currently at 56 inches, is right on par with the average, and if that trend holds it would put us toward the seasonal total of 90 inches this winter.

Woodpeckers are still busy, drumming trees to announce to others, "this is my territory." Larry suspects that the deer must be hungry; their fresh tracks indicate they are busily roaming the landscape. Larry has also seen many other critter tracks, including skunks, who do not hibernate, and wake up during spells of milder weather to go in search of food.

Chris Harwood is The North 1033’s Production Director and (acting) Program Director, a morning/daytime host, and the host of Soul Village. He is also a musician, a music historian, an audio engineer, and an avid record collector.